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November 18, 2014

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.

November 15, 2014

It's called the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, but the state's oldest venture conference — launched in Madison 30 years ago — has taken on a decidedly Upper Midwest look.

Investors, entrepreneurs, speakers and other visitors from beyond Wisconsin's borders were among the 560 people who attended the two-day conference, which is primarily a pitch event for emerging companies. Still largely a Wisconsin show, the event's appeal to people from other states spreads the word that the Badger State economy boasts more than beer, brats and bovines.

November 14, 2014

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank doesn’t have much patience for talk about any academic rivalries between UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. 

“We have to get past this whole discussion about competition between these two cities,” she said during a panel discussion at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, held Wednesday and Thursday at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison. 

November 07, 2014

A new professional master's program will launch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2015 and become the first in the world specifically designed to train analytically minded students to evaluate energy efficiency and other resource-conservation initiatives.

Michael Corradini

November 05, 2014

CONTACT: Joshua Morby, (414) 791-9120, jmorby@m-werc.org

MADISON – The Mid-west Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) board of directors appointed University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of engineering physics and Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) director Michael Corradini chairman during their October meeting. Corradini succeeds MaryAnn Wright of Johnson Controls as chair.

November 01, 2014

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota, and Argonne National Laboratory will explore ways to produce renewable plastic precursors and other substances from biomass with a recently announced $3.3 million grant from the United States Department of Energy.

October 27, 2014

Last year when Google paid $3.2 billion for Nest, a startup that makes smart thermostats, the press joked that the internet giant would soon be posting advertisements on people's home thermostats. But by May, Nest announced that it had used its devices to shave peak-demand energy use by a whopping 55% in its first test program. The company offers rewards to homeowners who allow the thermostat – which learns people's habits over time – to adjust indoor temperatures during the hottest days.

Trisha Andrew

October 17, 2014

CONTACT: Trisha Andrew, 608-262-1502, tandrew@chem.wisc.edu

Trisha Andrew, a University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor of chemistry, is one of 18 early career scientists from around the country named a Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering.

October 17, 2014

Last year when Google paid $3.2 billion for Nest, a startup that makes smart thermostats, the press joked that the internet giant would soon be posting advertisements on people’s home thermostats. But by May, Nest announced that it had used its devices to shave peak-demand energy use by a whopping 55 percent in its first test program. The company offers rewards to homeowners who allow the thermostat – which learns people’s habits over time – to adjust indoor temperatures during the hottest days.

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